I am a lifelong movie collector, going back to the 60’s with 8mm, Super 8, and through every video format. I can’t recall exactly when it happened, but your studio had been pretty reliable getting DVD’s and Blu-rays (the latter beginning, I believe, in 2005) of your classic titles out to the public, and then, I believe shortly after your wonderful release of SUNSET BLVD in 2012, the flow dried down to a dribble for Paramount catalog titles. For seven long years we had been thirsting for a fresh supply of highly desirable movies that simply weren’t being upgraded to HD. A few that actually did escape to hit the shelves looked pretty awful (HATARI!, DAY OF THE LOCUST), and I hope you will address those for re-issue. A few others, only because (I assume) Paramount does not have foreign rights for their release, turned up in Europe on numerous labels.
However, I am really posting this to commend whoever currently runs your Home Entertainment dept., as we unexpectedly see a startling, prolific library output (seemingly as copious as Kino’s), coming out of nowhere, because you understand the value of your media holdings. Bless you for pulling the plug from the dyke!!
I won’t list all of the many dozens of major films from your studio that a great many of us want released on Blu, as I have already done that on this forum. Some of them, either through your new Paramount Presents! moniker, or simply on your own label, are already announced. Please do consider giving us domestic releases of the films you licensed out to Via / Imprint, of which only one so far, WAR OF THE WORLDS, is available here (and thanks for doing business with Criterion again…can’t wait for THE PARALLAX VIEW!) But I am incredibly grateful to see the choices you have already provided to us in so short a time, even if a majority of them hold no appear for me personally. But ROMAN HOLIDAY is a beautifully mounted disc, and I hope your quality control and any new scans you make can live up to it.
In any case, after being truly incensed that such a great catalog as yours was being squandered for seven years, all is forgiven, as long as the transfers are up to Blu-ray specs (some bonus material wouldn’t hurt, either), and I look forward to adding many Paramount Blu-ray catalog titles to my shelves. I suspect one of your reps may be following related threads here at HTF, and please know you are welcome to show your proverbial face by posting here, or not. Either way, you have lots of new fans, and…
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